30 years later, N. Sea oil and gas industry holds new Piper Alpha safety seminar

How the legacy of Piper Alpha disaster has shaped current North Sea operations and how the sector can continue to create an even safer future is the focus of an anniversary conference being held in Aberdeen by the oil and gas industry this Spring.

Thirty years after 167 men died in the 1988 disaster, Lord Cullen – who chaired the public inquiry into Piper Alpha – will remind conference of the need to build on safety lessons drawn from investigations of Piper and other major accidents for the industry and its people – ‘today and tomorrow’.

Meanwhile, Oil and Gas UK yesterday published a new guide to help operators ensure they have the required financial measurements in place to meet the cost of clean-up for an oil blow-out.

The Liability Provision Guidelines for Offshore Petroleum Operations assist licensees to demonstrate they can cover their costs for control, response and compensation for any unintended and uncontrolled release.



  • Tayside Engineering Network is looking for volunteers to go into the schools and provide support for STEM teachers. Contact Tony Walker, Chairman, Tayside Engineering Network, 0788 972 2473
  • Oilfield services company Expro has signed a global agreement with ‘downhole’ video and camera technology specialist Vision iO.

Expro already provides downhole video technology to the oil and gas industry through its downhole video range, which is deployed in operations which include casing and well integrity monitoring, inspection, operational verification and production monitoring for both on and offshore wells.

The agreement with Vision iO will augment Expro’s existing offering with the Norwegian-based company’s suite of camera technologies.

  • Awilco Drilling is in negotiations for the construction of a new semisubmersible drilling rig, which is intended to be used for North Sea operations.

MHWirth, a company owned by Akastor, has been selected by Awilco Drilling for delivery of the drilling equipment package, with options for further three packages.

28 Feb 2018

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